Take care of yourself… this phrase has several meanings. In my life it means I run, cycle, sing, dance, eat well, drink a glass (or two) of wine, have fun and look for the joy. In my classroom it means worry more about what you are doing rather than telling me what someone else is doing wrong. Both meanings are important to young and old and can be used as a way to look at life and the world.
We’ve all heard and read about how people spend their lives caring for others only to neglect themselves. Some of the least healthy women are nurses and teachers. They spend their days and nights caring for and worrying about others but spend little time caring for themselves. Time to make that change. It won’t be easy but because you care about others do it for them. Do it so that you are able to continue doing the things you love. Do it so you can honor the only body you will ever have. Do it because it sets a good example and maybe you will inspire others to also take care of themselves.
Now for the other ‘Take Care of Yourself’… Stop worrying about what others are doing wrong. You really can’t change them, all you can do is change yourself, your attitude, your reactions, your heart… You only really have power over you and what you do. If you want the world to change then start by changing yourself. Make sure that you are living your passion. If you value art then support the arts. If you care about children and our future then be a mentor. Vote! Support people who are doing something positive in this world. Look for the good, the productive, the dreamers, and the hopers… And always look for the joy!